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Kayaks down the Nile
The approximately 6693 km long Nile is the longest river on earth and one of the greatest wonders of nature. She has been playing a vital role in the development of the human race for 6,000 years. The water of the Nile is the source of life for an immense human population, which consists of dozens of breeds. Moreover, the Nile runs along an impressive variety of nature: fr ...more
Paperback, 318 pages
Published April 28th 1979 by Brigham Young University Press
(first published 1979)
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This book describes the grand adventures of my grand uncle as he paddled thousands of miles to explore the entire length of the Nile River. His harrowing tale pulled from his journal during the journey chronicles treacherous encounters with dangerous waters, animals, insects and people.
Well done Uncle John!
Well done Uncle John!
I haven't felt a book pull me in to it's pages this strongly in a long time! It was fascinating to read the adventures of Goddard and his 2 buddies kayak the 4125 mile Nile River at a time when few white men had ever even traveled to Africa! Having contracted malaria, dysentery, staph infections and other goodies while also having to battle crocodiles and hippos along the raging whitewater rapids sounded like a miserable yet beautiful adventure! These 3 men saw things that very few people in the ...more
In 1951 John Goddard and two other fearless friends were the first to kayak the Nile from the its headwaters to Cairo—a total of 4,145 miles .The “Nileteers”, as they called themselves, did not wear crash helmets or life vests, rather they paddled for endless hours through hippo and crocodile infested waters, running rapids along the way in kayaks that would be considered cumbersome today. Young Goddard, who was 23 at the time, had no kayaking experience before embarking on this extreme adventur ...more
In 1950 John Goddard and two Frenchmen adventurers like himself set out to kayak down the world’s longest river. Over some twenty years later Goddard published his journal of this epic adventure. Narrated in chronological order, the account provides us with interesting vignettes of life among the various tribes and inhabitants along this magnificent river. Photographs of the journey add to its authenticity. The chief value one derives from this narrative is a clearer picture of the geography of ...more
A real adventurers book. The courage of these three gentlemen who went down the entire Nile River by kayak was unbelievable. A life threatening occurrence seemed to happen to them every day, sometimes more often. Even more impressive was that at the time of this trip, kayaks were made of aflimsy wooden frame with a canvas covering. Overall a very informative book as well as an intersesting one. The author spares no detail in describing the cultures and histories of many of the lands visited.
Jan 02, 2011 Marilyn rated it it was amazing
Opened the book & fell in. Apart from being inspired by him & his goals - it's an interesting adventure, all the more so realizing that he did this in 1950, before the world was so open & accessible by plane, TV & video. Imagine pulling your kayak up to shore & seeing a native in a loincloth! He takes you there. And this is just ONE of his adventures.